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candidates. president obama tried out his closing campaign argument in del rey beach. charging romney can't be trusted. >> everything he is doing right now is to hide his real positions and try to win this election. and florida, you know me. you can trust that i say what i mean. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: but at the debate, the president did. >> both at home and abroad he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: he mocked mitt romney's concerns about a shrinking u.s. navy. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> reporter: that angered the previous obama opponent. >> he seem to take these cheap shots. that's not presidential. >> reporter: but former governor romney health his ground. >> i don't see our influence growing around the world. i see our influence receding. >> reporter: and republicans in florida were pleased. >> i think mitt romney had a tactical decision to look presidential, look above the fray. that was obviously an appeal toward moderate women and independents in general. >> reporter: still, outside the obama event today, a floridian w
abortion in cases of rape. the comments of some republicans including mitt romney distancing themselves for a candidate for the senate. that candidate is still standing by what he said. >> yes, he is. this is not how you meant to say it, but putt, yoyou're right, h what he said. >> i came to realize life is a gift from god. i think even when life begins this that horrible situation of rape, that it is something god intended to happen. >> that is mourdock in his debate. the most closely watched senate races in the country. mourdock said he can't stand sexual violence and hopes people understand that, but thinks people have twisted his message. >> life is precious. i abhor violence and i'm confident god abhors violence and rape. i apologize if they came away and certainly have been humbled by the fact that so many people think that that somehow was an interpretation. for those who want to kind of twist the comments and to use them for partisan political gain, i think that's what's wrong with washington these days. >> mitt romney officially endorsed mourdock a few days ago, but a romney sp
shows a surge for mitt romney. he is up now by five points over president obama in the midwest where ohio and iowa could determine the winner in november. both candidates happen to be campaigning in those states today. steve handelsman joins us now from the hill with more on a shift in strategy for romney. steve? >> reporter: thanks, jim. just a few weeks ago, mitt romney had all but written ohio off. now in that critical swing state in florida and virginia, in iowa, he is pushing back hard. mitt romney came to dusty iowa on his way to ohio with new confidence that he can win those battleground states. and a new willingness to open up personally. today about glen dougherty, a navy s.e.a.l. romney met at a party. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two form he s.e.a.l.s killed in bell gazay on september 11th. and it touched me, obviously. >> reporter: after the debate in denver, romney soared to a lead over president obama nationally among likely voters. in the pugh poll and the gallup survey. but they are seeing his numbers go down. >> definitely he got a
. barack obama and mitt romney took their fight to the white house -- for the white house up a notch at the debate last night. they gave every indication today that they will keep up that same intensity in the final stretch. steve handelsman joins us from capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: thanks, pat. the debate, what's the fallout? in colorado, in nevada, in ohio, virginia, north carolina, florida. the battleground states. as the pollsters start to measure the candidates today headed out to try to move those numbers. the day after the debate, they went to swing states, still battling. former governor romney in virginia. >> i just think the american people had expected that the president of the united states would be able to describe what he's going to do in the next four years. but he can't. he spends most of his time trying to talk about how my plan won't work. >> his tax plan won't add up. his jobs plan doesn't create jobs. his deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit. >> reporter: president obama in iowa. >> mitt romney's trying to sell you a sketchy deal. we are not b
the presidential race could not be any closer. it all could come down to tonight. president obama and mitt romney will face off in their third and final debate. both candidates will be trying to break the tie. the debate will be taking place tonight at lynn university in boca raton, florida. that's where steve handelsman joins us. >> reporter: we've already got a surprise here at boca, jim, in terms of what we expect from the debate. you said it, it could come down to this debate. just a few months ago, nobody figured that. this was shaping up as either lopsided, after all, any president has more experience in foreign affairs, and not a sleeper, but not anymore. and in this stays it makes it all the more a high stakes drama. president obama arrived in florida trailing by 2%, down five points since the first debate. >> florida could easily go for romney. >> reporter: national hi now it's a tie. >> if the president can get the enthusiasm from hispanics and young voters, he can win election. >> reporter: governor romney will be in the clash or foreign policy. he's sure to press on libya charging the
for the romney campaign. the first debate is history. there are two more to go and five weeks until election day. the candidates are on the move. steve handelsman is live in denver. >> reporter: good evening from denver, colorado, where this is the headline, in the biggest paper in denver. the only the statewide paper in colorado. i spoke to democrats in this battleground state today. they don't dispute this. they're disappointed, but many feel they're still hopeful because they figure mitt romney's still got a ways to win in this state, and nationwide, even though his effort looks back on track. republican joy in denver, mitt romney declared his campaign is rejuvenated. >> you know what, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: a new mood after many saw a new mitt romney last night. >> let's get back to medicare. the president said that the government can provide the service at lower cost and without a profit. >> reporter: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of o
. president obama visited george mason university in fairfax today. he unleashed a new attack on mitt romney with some stand-up comedy. news4's steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with the latest from the campaign trail. hey, steve. >> reporter: hi, pat. thanks, good evening. you've got to believe behind closed doors, neither of these presidential candidates is doing a lot of laughing. the race is so close, it's agonizing. but george mason, the president was cracking up. in northern virginia, president obama joked his opponent has a condition. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> reporter: accusing mitt romney of swerving to the middle to trick women. >> if you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether you would sign a bill to protect equal pay for equal work, you might have romnesia. i don't know about cutting taxes for rich folks. take your temperature, because you've probably got romnesia. here's good news, obama care covers preexisting conditions. >> reporter: he got big laughs. but obama's support in this battleground state has dropped. he's tied
to express what we want for our country, like romney did in the presidential debate. >> i think it will help obama if joe biden does well. >> reporter: with the debate hall ready at center college, paul ryan arrived, a 42-year-old republican whiz kid set to face a 69-year-old debate veteran. >> joe biden has been on this stage before. it's my first time. but what he can't run from is president obama's indefensible record. >> reporter: the vice president is sometimes hurting team obama with gaffes, that he won't dodge. >> looking forward to it. >> reporter: the stakes in danville look higher after last year's debate in denver. >> the reason is mitt romney's developed significant momentum from his debate performance from barack obama last week. >> reporter: romney, who last night held a big rally in sidney, ohio, narrowed the gap in that key state. in the new nbc poll, no change in florida, obama by one. romney up three since the debate. romney up two in ohio, trailing by six. >> you're talking about single digits, having picked sides as a result of the debate, and romney got the advantage the
. >>> mitt romney is campaigning in battleground virginia today. a speech at virginia military institute he said it's time to change the course in middle east. steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with more on this story. >> reporter: hi, pat, thanks. down at vmi today, romney said particularly in the case of the conflict involving the israelis, arabs and iran, that only with a new president would we get the chance he says we need to start over. at virginia military institute -- >> it's time to change the course in the month. >> reporter: mitt romney claimed president obama made a mistake in pulling back overseas. >> our friends and allies across the globe don't want less american leadership, they want more. >> reporter: that goes, said romney, for the muslim world, from libya to syria to iran. he suggested obama policies in libya let al qaeda get strong enough to kill our ambassador. in syria, romney would get the rebels heavy weapons, despite the administration's fear they'll end up in the hands of al qaeda. and romney claimed he'd be tougher on iran about nuclear weapons. >> this is
and staunch romney supporter chris christie has. >> the president has been outstanding in this. the folks at fema have been slept. >> reporter: the fema director looked ahead to next tuesday offering federal assistance, generators and the like to states where polling places might still lack power. mitt romney was in ohio not to talk issues, to collect cans. romney backers brought food for new jersey. >> and i appreciate your generosity. it is part of the american spirit. the american way to give to people who are in need. >> reporter: mr. romney had argued in a primary debate for disaster relief to be shifted to the states. even to nongovernment charities. would he kill fema? no answer today. >> what would you do with people a? why won't you answer any questions? >> reporter: obama's spokesperson says the states are in the best position to direct the assistance. tomorrow, president obama joins high profile republican governor chris christie for a tour of new jersey damage. political opponents brought together by the super storm. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> so far the federal response
in economic growth. but mitt romney and president obama argued over whether the glass is half full or half empty. steve handelsman joins us live from capitol hill with the latest. steve? >> reporter: pat, thanks, good evening. a reminder, no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. and this year's nominees campaigning like he thinks that's still the rule. mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to iowa. >> we're going to create 12 million new jobs in just four years. we'll see rising take-home pay. and we'll get america's economy growing at 4% a year, more than double this year's rate. >> reporter: the former governor has improved his poll numbers because, since the first debate, more voters like him. >> mitt romney used to be upside down in terms of his likability. that's no longer the case. >> reporter: back in lebanon, ohio, a pretty town in the key swing state -- >> that's true. >> reporter: -- these sisters sell furniture. kathy voted for barack obama in '08 but decided to switch after she went to see mitt romney. >> i believed his promises, and t
:00. >>> meanwhile, president obama and mitt romney are keeping a low profile as they prepare for tomorrow's debate in new york. the latest polls suggest the race is so close, the debate could tip the balance. seef handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest. hi, steve. >> reporter: hi, barbara. by the way, i tried to register line. they sent me an e-mail and they called, less than ten hours after i signed up. that was impressive. mitt romney's numbers moved the most after the last debate, not barack obama's. but the pressure this time is on the incumbent. >> hello, everybody, hello, hello! president obama's camp is being warned not to overcorrect and be too aggressive tomorrow night. at the townhall style debate on long island -- >> yes, he needs to show he's tougher, he needs to attack, yes, he needs to push back more. but he doesn't want to come across as a bully. >> reporter: for mitt romney, the number one piece of advice he's getting is to engage with these questioners, and in townhalls he has a tendency to back away. >> reporter: debate number one, erase the president's lead in virginia an
politics now, mitt romney on a prolonged swing through the crucial swing state of ohio. new jersey governor chris christie is campaigning alongside him for the second straight day. they attended this townhall style meeting with employees of a company that makes natural gas compressors. he will spend the next two days in ohio and will rally tonight with his son josh. president obama's wife is hitting the trail in his place. she was in leesburg last night. today her schedule includes two events in colorado. >>> today the supreme court is taking up the hot button issue of affirmative action in college admissions. justices are hearing arguments involving a university of texas program that uses race in selecting about a quarter of its incoming class. opponents say the university's practicing illegal discrimination by considering race at all. a texas student filed suit against the school after claiming she was denied admission in 2008 because she's white. the high court's decision could establish new limits on affirmative action programs at universities, or it could roll it back entirely. the rul
university in fairfax county this morning. if wednesday's debate was a shot in the arm for the romney campaign rather. today's jobs report could be the same for the president. for the first time since he took office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political points is exactly what mitt romney was going for while talking to voters in virginia. >> this president cal
debate of the 2012 presidential election. president obama and mitt romney take the stage at 9:00 tonight. the democrats are predicting a more lively president. there you go. a live shot at hofstra university. the reblicans figure romney will be energized by said new positive polls. steve handelsman is at hofstra on long island where the debate will take place tonight. steve? >> reporter: pat, thanks. good evening from long island. with mitt romney ahead now in this new set of polls, in the all important swing states, even more is riding on tonight's debate here. the pressure is on but so was the smile as president obama headed for the hofstra debate. >> i feel fabulous. >> reporter: mitt romney got sunshine by a starting poll by gallup for usa today that shows him leading now in 12 battleground states from colorado to florida to ohio. since the debate in denver, romney over obama, 50-46 among likely voters because gallup found romney trails with women in swing states by just one. a once wide gender gap closed. team obama disputes the numbers, a shift like that is critical. >> whoever win
are claiming victory. but mitt romney is raising questions today about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. and what the vice president and others know about it. steve handelsman joins us live from cincinnati with the story. steve? >> reporter: jim, thank you. good evening from cincinnati, ohio. two hours after the debate site. this is a great place to eat. in a key county and maybe the key battleground state. so we hope a good place to gauge the effect of last night's debate. the election could hinge on hamilton county, ohio. cincinnati chili has the lunch favorite. but cincinnati voters swing between parties. barack obama won here in '08 but republicans are relieved today. >> last night's debate is not going to hurt us in the county. >> congressman ryan held his own. >> i will vote for obama, period. >> last night helped? >> just convinced it. >> reporter: paul ryan was upbeat this morning. >> i feel great. >> reporter: in danville last night, ryan drank a lot of water, but didn't sound nervous. >> job growth in september was slower than it was in august. >> reporter: joe biden
: it's said that character is what we do... when we think no one is looking. mitt romney: believe that they are victims. anncr: mitt romney thought no one was looking when... he attacked forty-seven percent of americans. his companies shipped jobs overseas. his plan cuts millionaires' taxes, but raises yours. he'll voucherize medicare... and make catastrophic cuts to education. so remember what romney said... and what his plan would do. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> welcome back to our live team coverage now of hurricane sandy. one of the biggest threats from this storm is the strong wind. which has taken down trees all over the place. the winds are gusting and they're expected to pick up in the d.c. area into this evening. >> news4's jackie bensen is live in mclean, virginia, where another tree fell on the house while the family was inside. are they okay there, jackie? >> reporter: they are okay. but it fell during a play date. so the homeowners had a bunch of kids in the house. always a disturbing experience. luckily, we have video to show
. mitt romney campaigned across his must-win state of ohio. and president obama is barn storming the swing states today. steve handelsman is following both sides on this busy day and joins us from capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: jim, thanks. it's tough and exhausting, and it's continuing at this hour. mitt romney soldiering through, buoyed up by his rise in the polls. barack obama is making his marathon effort part of his message. president obama started the day hoarse. he's been in iowa, on the "tonight show" in l.a., in nevada for a late rally, then to air force one, a call to colin powell after the general endorsed the president on cbs. >> i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. >> reporter: at 9:00 a.m. florida, the biggest swing state where the president trails by two points -- >> i've got a plan that will actually create jobs. and unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about that plan. >> reporter: the race in virginia is still tied. nationwide, the obama lead with women has disappeared. he's reminding them that a republican senate candidate tuesday
ravaged by hurricane sandy. but the raise for the white house rolls on. mitt romney is spending the day in florida. a critical swing state. steve handelsman joins us with more on the campaign and what impacts sandy may have as this raise goes down to the wire. steve? >> reporter: when you're the president, what's better than to campaign without having to advertise or give a speech? and that's what the president is doing right now. political expert darrell watkins said the high praise that the governor is giving president obama is worth more than any speech he ever gave for governor romney. president obama set out to survey hurricane damage in new jersey. six days before the election, still no campaigning. mitt romney campaigned in tampa. sympathizing with the victims of sandy. >> the kind of trauma you've experienced here in florida more than once, and it's interesting to see how people come together. >> reporter: he pivoted to the election. >> now people coming together is also what is going to happen on november 7. >> reporter: the raice in floria is closer. but in ohio, it's still a
. in the second debate tuesday, mitt romney boasted he asked the help of women's groups to staff his massachusetts governors office. >> they brought us binders full of women. mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any state in america. >> reporter: that, said mr. obama today, is the difference between him and mr. romney. >> we don't have to order up some binders to find qualified, driven young women. >> reporter: what about equal pay for young women? >> governor romney will not say whether or not he will protect that right. >> reporter: a tougher move in the right for women's votes, came from ann romney who went on "the view" saying her husband's running to raise up women. >> that he could bring better economic hope and prosperity to women, and men, and all americans. >> reporter: worried about romney on reproductive rights. >> he thinks abortion could be an option. >> tuesday romney was schooled by obama. >> reporter: the boss, bruce springsteen, sang for president obama in ohio. but the boss of the 2012 election like some in the past might turn out to be the american woman. a fa
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